Carmelo Ezpeleta as CEO of Dorna Sports said that his party is looking forward to another MotoGP event in Indonesia which will be the first event since the last time in 1997. Of course this is related to the completion of the Mandalika Circuit construction.
Last Friday (06/11), it was announced that Indonesia with the Mandalika Circuit, Lombok was included in the provisional calendar list for the upcoming MotoGP 2021.
It’s just that, in character here, Indonesia will become a Reserve Venue, the same as several other circuits such as the Portimao Circuit located in Portugal and the Igora Drive Circuit located in Russia.
In other words, Indonesia could only become the host if one of the main circuits canceled holding MotoGP in the upcoming 2021 season.
Dorna Sports as the MotoGP Promoter through their CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, really appreciates Indonesia’s hard work to return to host the Grand Prix event.
In fact, he thanked President Joko Widodo and all the ministers related to the construction of the Mandalika Circuit so that the MotoGP event in Indonesia is getting closer to reality.
“We realize how much effort many parties have put into this project. We also thank President Jokowi and his ministry for their commitment to bringing international motorsport to Indonesia in 2021.”
“Their continuous support is crucial in order to present a fantastic event,” said Ezpeleta.
For information, Indonesia has indeed hosted MotoGP but that was 23 years ago, to be precise in 1997 when MotoGP was still the highest class, it was still known as the GP 500.
Now, Ezpeleta also hopes that the long wait will end soon and Indonesia can again hold this annual event.
“It has been 23 years since the last GP in Indonesia, and we are very excited to be back as soon as possible.”
“We have worked with the MGPA team for the last four years, so they can get trust from us and this project can also get support from the President of Indonesia, which we received in March 2019 at the Bogor Palace,” he concluded.